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Break Time!

posted on: 11.23.2015

Happy Monday, everyone! So, as you have probably noticed by now, there's been quite a lapse in activity here on Brikasia. Well, to be quite honest, I am in desperate need of a blog break because I am incredibly close to being completely burnt out. I have decided that for the rest of the month, I am taking a mini vacation from blogging and spending time with my loved ones and taking care of myself.

I will be back on December 2nd (a Wednesday), but I'll probably only be posting about twice a week until the end of the year to lessen the pressure on myself. I'll try to be a bit more consistent on Instagram, but no guarantees there because I'm really just trying to take a complete blog break. Thanks for sticking around.

See you guys soon! xoxoxo


How I Organize My Small Business with DYMO LabelWriter® 450 Value Bundle Pack

posted on: 11.12.2015

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Running a small business is hard work, guys. Apart from this blog, my small business is my freelance makeup business. Freelancing is very rewarding work but if I'm not entirely organized, I end up frazzled and all over the place which is definitely not a position I enjoy being in. Thankfully, I've recently discovered the miracle worker that is the DYMO LabelWriter® 450 Value Bundle Pack, which has played a key role in keeping my life together. So thank you, DYMO, for a stellar label maker that keeps my life together!

I purchased my DYMO LabelWriter 450 Value Bundle Pack from, and I got it at an amazing value. Be sure to go check back every week for Staples Daily Deals for special deals on your favorite DYMO LabelWriter products including DYMO LabelWriter 450 Bundle, LabelWriter 450 Turbo, and LabelWriter 4XL Turbo!

The DYMO LabelWriter 450 Value Bundle Pack is mainly available online, but you can also find it in select stores (click here to see if it's in a store near you). If you want a slight upgrade from the DYMO LabelWriter 450, then the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Turbo is for you, as it prints gorgeous looking labels at high speeds. Not only that, but it can print up to 71 labels per minute! Not only that, but the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Turbo eliminates the waste and hassle of sheet labels (as they print precise quantities without difficulty) and you can even customize and print address, shipping, file folder and barcode labels all from your PC or Mac. These are all dreams come true for small business owners, are they not?

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As a small business owner, the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Value Bundle Pack saves me so much money, as the label maker reduces waste and unnecessary materials. Something I think that is super cool about this product is that it features thermal printing technology, which means there is absolutely no need to buy ink for the DYMO LabelWriter. Awww yea! Ink is expensive, guys, and I'm so glad I don't have to waste my hard earned money on that stuff. Thermal printing technology for the win!

So, how exactly do I utilize the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Value Bundle Pack for my makeup business? Well, since you're reading my blog right now, I'm going to assume that you're a lover of makeup and beauty products as well. Makeup storage can be super frustrating and unnecessarily expensive. Plus, if you're living in a small place, you don't want your makeup storage to take up a lot of space. Well, imagine my dilemma times ten: as a professional makeup artist, I need to make sure I have the product for any situation imaginable, which means that I'm hoarding a whoooole lot of stuff. It's easy for things to get lost in the shuffle, which is why making sure everything is labeled is vital.

With a little creativity and a whole lot of labels, today I'm going to show you how to effectively store your makeup in conjunction with the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Value Bundle Pack. Here we go!

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  1. Gather up your storage supplies. Think outside the box in terms of storage. Most of the time, products "made" for makeup storage are incredibly overpriced. With a little ingenuity, you can pretty much convert most general storage products into makeup storage. For example, I'm using a kitchen stackable shelf as a shelf for my makeup desk, and storage bento boxes to store my smaller cosmetics. Not only that, but pencil holders can hold brushes and filing racks can be used for palette storage.
  2. Next, let's see if we can condense our makeup a bit to save on some space. I'm a huge advocate for condensing my makeup kit to the bare minimum, because a lot of makeup can mean a whole lot of weight to carry around. For example, I've melted my lipsticks into the stackable jars I bought from a craft supply store (full tutorial on how I did that here), and while it's nice that I can see the color from the outside, sometimes a client wants to know the name of a lipstick and I can't tell them. Time to fix that with some labels!
  3. After figuring out where you want to put everything, it's time to start creating the labels. Using the DYMO software that came with the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Value Bundle Pack, it's super easy to write what you want on your labels. I also like how you can use whatever font you want, so you can add some personality to your labels if you want. 
  4. Make sure you have the correct label size in the label machine. Depending on what I'm trying to label, I'll use different sizes. I'm going to be using the file folder labels to label my lipsticks, and the multi-purpose labels to label the rest of my makeup.
  5. Print those labels out! This is the fun part. It's kind of like magic.
  6. Apply those labels and have peace of mind. It's really that simple.
Having my makeup effectively labeled and stores saves SO much of my time, it isn't even funny. When getting ready for a makeup gig, I'm able to quickly and easily grab the items I need without leaving a huge mess in my wake. I also love how easy it is to create labels for all of my business paperwork, too.

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Doesn't that look like an organizing dream?! Yea, the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Value Bundle Pack is totally helping me sleep better at night. My Type A mind can rest easy now! Oh, and for the record, this is just a small section of my makeup storage. I must admit I'm a bit wary to show off my entire makeup collection because it's quite excessive. So, consider this a sampler of the whole thing!

So now that I've shared how the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Value Bundle Pack has helped me and my small business, how has it helped you? Sound off in the comments below!

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Weekend Wrap Up // No. 80

posted on: 11.08.2015

Happy Sunday! How are you all doing? I am finally back from what seems like a year-long tenure in the state of New York, haha! So many major life decisions were made while I was in New York, and you guys... I'm feeling really good! I also seriously miss the cooler weather. Nothing like coming back to 90 degree weather and 100% humidity! Bleh. And on that note, here's what you've missed from Brikasia this past week!
And because I've been in such a celebratory mood lately, I feel it's only appropriate for this week's jam to be a celebratory Brazilian samba! Hello, random! Haaaaa. I've been having Sergio Mendes dance parties in my room lately, with a special emphasis on this song. Enjoy and have fun!


2 Daytime Makeup Looks Using Sleek Makeup

posted on: 11.06.2015

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Have you guys heard of Sleek Makeup? Back in my Youtube days, I remember seeing a bunch of beauty vloggers raving about Sleek, and constantly being amazed by the color payoff of the products. Why couldn't the US have such amazing drugstore products? So imagine my happiness when Sleek's PR reached out to send me some products for some makeup looks. I just about died of excitement!

So, I've created 4 looks with the products they sent me. I have the i-Divine Palette in Storm, Eau La La Liners, Creme to Powder Blushers, True Colour Lipsticks, and the Eyebrow Stylist products that I will be using to create these looks. I've decided to break up these four looks into two posts. For today's post, I've created two daytime appropriate looks, although these can easily be nighttime looks too! And, because the eyeshadow palette doesn't have names for the colors, I'll be assigning each color a number and refer to them as such throughout this post. Here's your reference guide:
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Aren't these colors gorgeous? This is SUCH a versatile palette, and the pigmentation on these babies are insane. I'm actually incredibly impressed with all of the Sleek products I have in my possession. Amazing quality for an amazing price! So now that we have our labeled eyeshadow palette, let's get to what you came here for: two stunning makeup looks. Click through for the full beauty breakdowns!

THE REVIEW: Moss Zen Physic Active Acne Oil Intensif

posted on: 11.04.2015

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Breakouts are the worst, aren't they? It doesn't matter if you're a teenager going through some intense puberty, or a full-fledged adult just trying to get to work on time in the morning: breakouts will RUIN your day. At least when you're a teenager with raging teenage hormones, the breakouts are understandable. But when you're an adult with acne? FUHGEDDABOUTIT. People can be rude. Which is why I was forever grateful to find an all-natural remedy that actually works: the Moss Zen Physic Blemish Healing Oil Intensif.

Before I discovered the Moss Zen Physic, I would just go down to my local drugstore and buy the most powerful acne medication I could find. These acne medications would be chock-full of benzoyl peroxide, and I would glob it on at night. While this was effective for a couple of months, all of a sudden I would get the WORST reaction from the benzoyl peroxide. I am convinced that benzoyl peroxide is the reason I have eczema today. I would break out into eczema patches all over my skin! It was terrible and I think even worse than having acne.

Once I had that terrible experience with benzoyl peroxide, I knew I had to find another solution and quickly. After a lot of not-so-great experiences with other alternatives, I basically gave up. I switched over to all-natural skincare, and while that improved my skin dramatically, it still wasn't enough. I started using the Kypris Clearing Serum, and that seemed to really help, too. But then a friend of mine told me about Moss Skincare and how they catered specifically to problematic skin. After browsing the site, I was IN!

So let's talk about the Zen Physic a bit more. It boasts a plethora of acne fighting natural ingredients, such as calendula, neem oil, andiroba oil, neroli, Javanese turmeric, lavender, yarrow, German chamomile, clove, myrtle, and Pracaxi (an Amazonian oil). I'm really fascinated by how powerful these all-natural ingredients are. I can attest to the fact that they are WAY more effective than benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid!

According to the Moss website, you can use this up to four times a day as a spot treatment. It is most effective as an overnight treatment. I talked a little bit about how I use this in my nighttime routine post. Even though this little potion is extremely gentle and effective, it is not recommended to be used as an all-over treatment. What I like about the Zen Physic is how it isn't drying (no icky flaky skin!), and how a little bit goes a long way.

I also find that this product is extremely effective for cystic acne, which is something I've been dealing with for a long time. Even if you feel something growing under the surface (which is SUCH a terrible feeling, right??), I apply some Zen Physic onto the area and it rarely surfaces after that. Depending on the zit, sometimes this completely disappears my bumps overnight. If not, it takes up to three days for my zits to be completely gone.

Some bad news? From the time I purchased this product to now, the price of this wunderkind of a product has gone up. I think I paid less than $40 for this, but the price is now $60. Kind of a bummer, but it makes sense. The ingredients in the Zen Physic most certainly do not come cheap. As they say, you get what you pay for! 

If you have ANY sort of problematic skin, Moss Skincare is a brand worth checking out. I know a lot of people don't think natural skincare is effective, but I'm here to say that it 100% does.

Have you ever tried Moss before? Any other all-natural acne remedies you know of?

Disclosure: This product was purchased by me.

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